The final season of the world’s most popular television show in history, Game of Thrones, premiers in less than 3 weeks! We fully expect over half of the population of the U.S. to be at home tuning in to this show on April 14th. So you’re probably asking yourself, “What does Game of Thrones have to do with hospice?” Technically, it has nothing to do with the world of hospice, but we thought it would be fun to write about what the hospices would look like in Westeros.
Stark Family Hospice
Owned by The Starks of Winterfell
Mission Statement: Winter comes for us all but we can endure it with dignity.
Here at Stark Family Hospice, we are putting the needs of the patient before all else. You can rest assured that your loved one will be cared for in our state-of-the-art castle that was designed to be so cold that all pain in the body is numbed. We Starks understand the bond among family. We also understand the bond between man and beast, which is why we are a pet-friendly facility. We have been proudly providing hospice service to The North for over 20 years.
Golden Lions Hospice
Owned by The Lannisters of Casterly Rock
Mission Statement: The best care gold can buy.
Golden Lions Hospice is a for-profit hospice that is not available to the commoners. One must descend from a royal family to be eligible for hospice care from Golden Lions Hospice. We believe in getting what you pay for. Our patients get the best because they pay for it. We ensure every family feels lucky to be a part of our exclusive care program.
Night’s Watch Hospice and Palliative Care
Owned and Operated by the Brothers of the Night’s Watch
Mission Statement: “And now your watch has ended.”
Night’s Watch Hospice and Palliative Care is the only “male-only” hospice program in Westeros. All the nurses and patients are male. This makes for male bonding like no other hospice program in Westeros. All patients that choose Night’s Watch Hospice become more than a patient. They become a brother of the night’s watch.
Iron Island’s Hospice
Owned by The Greyjoys of Pyke
Mission Statement: “What is dead may never die.”
Here at Iron Island’s Hospice, we worship the Drowned God. We treat all our patients with nothing other than the salt in our waters. The patients of Iron Island’s Hospice are among the toughest and meanest patients in all of Westeros. Iron Island’s Hospice is proud of their reputation and the results they have seen with the use of salt water as the only form of medicine.
Dragon’s Grace Hospice
Owned by the Daenerys of House Targaryen, The First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, The Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regent of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons.
Mission Statement: “Bend the Knee.”
Dragon’s Grace Hospice was built to serve all the former slaves that were freed by Daenerys and could not afford quality hospice care. Dragon’s Grace Hospice treats all its patients as equals. If you seek hospice care from this hospice, you need only bend the knee.
Light of the Seven Hospice of Flea Bottom
Owned and Operated by The High Sparrow and The Faith of The Seven
Light of the Seven Hospice was founded by the High Sparrow to serve the people of Flea Bottom that were unable to afford hospice service from the likes of Golden Lion Hospice. This hospice is a non-profit hospice and is built on The Faith of the Seven. Every patient that joins this hospice is judged by the Seven: The Father, The Mother, The Maiden, The Warrior, The Crone, The Stranger, and The Smith. Take up the faith or deal with the consequences of the High Sparrow.
Good Maester’s Hospice and Palliative Care
Owned and Operated by The Maesters of The Citadel
Mission Statement: “We will send a raven.”
Good Maester’s Hospice and Palliative Care was the first hospice in Westeros. They have been providing hospice care since The Andals and The First Men. As far a medicine goes, Good Maester’s Hospice is leaps and bounds ahead of all other hospices in Westeros. Every patient and family is cared for by an experienced maester.
We hope you have enjoyed our hypothetical article about what hospices in Westeros would look like! We hope you are ready for April 14th, 2019 when the final season premieres. If you have an idea for what another hospice in Westeros would look like, please let us know in the comments!
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